Admit it. The movie ‘Borat’ was the first time you ever heard of Kazakhstan. Watch this short documentary about a group of skateboarders who travel through Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and China.
Let’s face it; there are not many people fighting for airline seats and time off from work in order to get some R & R in Uzbekistan. And the countries that comprise Central Asia (especially Afghanistan) aren’t exactly budgeting tax revenue to boost tourism. Which is why skateboarders Dave Bachinsky, Jimmy McDonald, Laurence Keefe, Dan Zvereff, Stas Provotorov, Gosha Konyshev, Walker Ryan, Kenny Reed and Michael Mackrodt have some rather large travel cojones.
In their documentary ‘Meet the Stans’, filmed and directed by Patrik Wallner, this group of brave skateboarders take us down the decidedly unbeaten path known as the Silk Road to the countries of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. They share their difficulties, triumphs and even get to show off their skill for an Afghan governor.
Certified nomadik dopeness. Watch.
Is Central Asia on your travel-to-do list? Tell us why or why not in the comments.